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Summer Road Sealing Programme

Wednesday, January 27, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: safety, roadworks, traffic

Waimakariri District Council media release: 26th January 2021

The Council is rolling out its road resurfacing programme for 2021 and you will see contractors around the Oxford area this week chip sealing various roads to improve the road surface.

These include Bay Road between Main Street and Wilsons Road, Oxford Road West of Cust between Steffens Road and Starvation Hill Road, High Street between Harewood Road and Main Street, Kowhai Street, Park Avenue and Commercial Road between Depot Road and Bath Street.

The work will be carried out during the day and contractors will try and keep disruption to a minimum however, there may be some impacts including:

  • Limited traffic movement through the street, some controlled access and reduced on street parking
  • There may be some noise and vibration from construction during the day
  • The area will be swept within 48 hours of sealing but we would expect a small amount of ongoing chip loss over the next 3-6 months.

This is an ongoing programme and we will be updating Facebook regularly as the contractors move through the District letting you know what roads they are working on.

Some tips for driving safely in new chip seal

You could scatter chips if you drive too fast - damaging cars and the road surface. Driving too slow may result in your vehicle sinking into the new seal and bitumen and chips sticking to your wheels. Heavy use of the brakes in a newly sealed area could result in damage to your car, others cars and the road surface too.

Please follow the tips below.

  • Get ready. Slow down to the posted temporary speed limit before you reach the new chip seal.
  • Leave space. Allow an extra car’s length distance to develop between your car and the vehicle in front.
  • 30kms is okay. Drive steadily at the temporary speed limit – pay attention to what the signage says
  • Avoid braking. Don’t ride the brakes and avoid getting so close to the car in front that you have to brake suddenly. Tap the brakes lightly but only if you have to.
  • Be patient. Don’t pick up speed until after you have left the road works zone.

If all drivers follow these guidelines it will reduce the likelihood of damage to paintwork and windscreens. Vehicles travelling at the temporary speed limit help press the new chip into the seal.